Rural Trauma Team Development Course (RTTDC) 4th Edition

The Rural Trauma Team Development Course (RTTDC™) is intended to improve the quality of care in rural communities by developing a timely, organized, and systemic response to the care of the trauma patient. The course emphasizes a team approach to address common problems in the initial assessment and stabilization of the injured patient(s). Partnership with a regional trauma center aids in best practices for immediate care and transport of emergent patients. RTTDC teaches rural facilities how to apply the principals of ATLS using their own staff, equipment, and resources. Courses are tailored to individual sites, based on information provided ahead of time. Any and all staff employed by a rural medical facility are encouraged to participate.   


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Target Audience

The intended audience includes individuals who are involved in the care of the injured patient, including physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, nurses, prehospital personnel, technicians, hospital administration, and support staff.

Learning Objectives

In this course, participants will learn how to:

1. Organize a rural trauma response team with defined roles and responsibilities.

2. Prepare the rural facility for optimal care of the injured patient.

3. Develop the needed skills to assess and resuscitate a trauma patient, being able to rapidly identify and address life-threatening injuries.

4. Promptly identify patients requiring transfer to a higher level of care (within 15 minutes) and initiating the transfer process early to avoid delay. 

5. Communicate effectively with the team and between facilities. 

6. Establish a working relationship between the rural hospital and the regional trauma facility, fostering the growth and development of both trauma programs. 

7. Strengthen the rural hospital's trauma performance improvement process. 

8. Identify local resources and limitations.

9. Establish a process improvement process. 

Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 8.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 8.00 CE Contact hours
  • 8.00 Certificate of Completion
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In accordance with the ACCME Accreditation Criteria, the American College of Surgeons must ensure that anyone in a position to control the content of the educational activity (planners and speakers/authors/discussants/moderators) has disclosed all financial relationships with any commercial interest (termed by the ACCME as “ineligible companies”, defined below) held in the last 24 months (see below for definitions). Please note that first authors were required to collect and submit disclosure information on behalf all other authors/contributors, if applicable.


Ineligible Company:  The ACCME defines an “ineligible company” as any entity producing, marketing, re-selling, or distributing health care goods or services used on or consumed by patients. Providers of clinical services directly to patients are NOT included in this definition.

Financial Relationships: Relationships in which the individual benefits by receiving a salary, royalty, intellectual property rights, consulting fee, honoraria, ownership interest (e.g., stocks, stock options or other ownership interest, excluding diversified mutual funds), or other financial benefit.  Financial benefits are usually associated with roles such as employment, management position, independent contractor (including contracted research), consulting, speaking and teaching, membership on advisory committees or review panels, board membership, and other activities from which remuneration is received, or expected.

Conflict of Interest: Circumstances create a conflict of interest when an individual has an opportunity to affect CME content about products or services of an ineligible company with which he/she has a financial relationship.


The ACCME also requires that ACS manage any reported conflict and eliminate the potential for bias during the educational activity.  Any conflicts noted below have been managed to our satisfaction. The disclosure information is intended to identify any commercial relationships and allow learners to form their own judgments. However, if you perceive a bias during the educational activity, please report it on the evaluation.


For course-specific disclosure listings, please refer to the disclosure insert provided at your course site.

RTTDC Planning/Development Committee Disclosures:

Michael Person, MD, MPH, FACS
Nothing to disclose

Darnell Boone, MD, FACS
Nothing to disclose

Corey Detlefs, MD, FACS
Nothing to disclose

Raymond R. Price, MD, FACS
Nothing to disclose

Richard Sidwell, MD, FACS
Nothing to disclose

Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the learner to earn credit toward the CME requirements of the American Board of Surgery’s Continuous Certification program.

Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP 17399 for 8 contact hours.

Available Credit

  • 8.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 8.00 CE Contact hours
  • 8.00 Certificate of Completion
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